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16 No-Fail Gifts for the Mom Who Returns Everything

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Design: the Skimm | Photos: Mochidoki, Parachute, Bed Bath & Beyond
Apr 14, 2022

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If you’ve got a selective mom on your hands, gift-giving may mean thinking outside of the box. Instead of going the more traditional route, we wanted to introduce you to lots of options that are sure to wow her. And yes, many of these are thoughtful gifts she won’t ever think about returning. To help you out, we picked things at all price points too. 

From mochi ice cream delivery (yum) to a wine subscription (hard to go wrong there), there’s something here for every mom who gets a bit fickle when opening up a neatly wrapped box. Cheers to watching her face when she officially decides she likes it.

Psst...Want more ideas? Check out all of our other Mother's Day gift guides here.

A candle so she knows you’re missing her…

Homesick’s line of candles is perfect for letting someone know you’re thinking of them. This one says it all thanks to the sweet message on the front. Aka let her know you’re grateful for all those school lunches she packed and phone calls never missed. This candle will burn up to 80 hours, and comes with a customized note for an extra special touch. ($34.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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A robe as soft and comforting as her hugs…

Once she feels how luxurious this robe is, it’ll be too hard for her to take it off. It’s made from 100% Turkish cotton, with a flat collar and ribbed design. It’s guaranteed to stay super soft and plush, no matter how many times she throws it in the wash. It comes in three chic neutral colors and sizes S–XL. Customers say it’s like being wrapped in a warm towel after a shower. Add to cart. ($87, Parachute)

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A box of mochi ice cream that’ll surely make her a mochi enthusiast…

Whether she’s already obsessed with it or is a first-time taste tester, this box of 24 bites is perfect for any mom with a sweet tooth. There’s everything from matcha to black sesame to strawberry, so she’ll be able to test different flavors and find what she likes most. The box is packed and shipped with dry ice, guaranteeing it’ll stay frozen for up to five hours after delivery. We’ll just say this — it’s pretty hard to return a box of frozen ice cream. ($70, Mochidoki)

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A ‘mama’ necklace she can proudly show off…

The adorable ‘mama’ beads are delicately strung on a vintage gold or silver chain, so it’s not too bulky (and can be layered with other pieces). PS: The chain is adjustable and nickel-free, so she doesn’t have to worry about her skin being sensitive to the metal. It also comes in sustainable packaging, which is a small eco-friendly win. The second she sees it, she won’t wanna take it off. ($62, Air & Anchor)

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A subscription box for moms who really truly love bread…

You can choose between a mixed bread box or pastry box, the main difference being that the former also comes with delicious handmade pasta. From a classic sourdough loaf to chocolate croissants (be sure to invite yourself over for those), she’ll only have to bake each item for 25 minutes max, no thawing necessary. Plus, each box comes with eight free sourdough rolls. Customers report that the instructions are easy to follow, so novice bakers are welcome too. Psst…use code SKIMM30 for $30 off your first order. ($89, Wildgrain)

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A trio of olive oils that’ll mentally transport her to the Grecian coast…

Made from Koroneiki olives in southern Greece, this set comes with a classic, small-batch extra-virgin olive oil, plus two flavored oils (garlic and Greek herb and lemon). She can drizzle some over pasta or use the oil as a simple marinade for chicken. We love them because neither of the flavored options is too overpowering. We’ve even used ’em as salad dressings to boost flavor. ($75, Kosterina)

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A bouquet of flowers she’ll be able to enjoy forever…

No matter what her favorite bouquet is, you can choose one that’ll suit her — from cherry blossoms to peonies to tea roses. The bundle will be hand-dyed, stitched, and arranged by women artisans in Nepal. The best part is that she’ll never have to worry about the blooms wilting. ($24+, Food52)

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An educational membership so she can learn something from someone she admires…

Sign her up for a monthly subscription and boom — the world will be at her fingertips. She can cook with Gordon Ramsay, write a song with Alicia Keys, or do her makeup with Bobbi Brown, all from the comfort of her home. For the mom who has everything already, this will help her expand her horizons in new and interesting ways. ($15+/month, MasterClass)

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A weighted blanket for cozy nights in…

Make sure her Sunday night set-up is unmatched with this fleece-topped, cotton-lined blanket. It’s filled with glass microbeads for even weight distribution and maximum stress relief. She can bundle up with a nice book and cup of tea, or put it on top of a comforter for soothing sleep. Most customers like the 15-pound weight, but there are also two heavier options. ($90, Amazon)

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A bottle of wine for sipping in the bathtub…

It’s hard to say no to a glass at the end of a particularly long and tiresome day. If she’s a vino lover, we suggest gifting a bottle that’ll really suit her taste buds. Peruse the site for her favorite grape, or sign her up for a membership. Either way, quality wine will be delivered to her doorstep. The tasting notes and wine facts under each bottle’s description will help you choose the perfect one for her. Use code SKIMM15 for 15% off all products through May 15, so feel free to treat yourself as well. We won’t tell. ($28+, Hall Wines)

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A belt bag so she can go hands-free on her power walks…

If she likes to get her steps in, make sure she has somewhere to stash her phone while she walks. This bag is water-repellent and can be cleaned easily. It has a main compartment, plus a back zippered pocket for a credit card or ID. It comes in seven fun colors and has a longer adjustable strap for a perfect fit, whether it’s around her waist or slung across her chest. ($38, Lululemon)

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A cozy cardigan for couch surfing during all seasons…

It’s the wardrobe staple she’ll find herself reaching for 365 days of the year. It’s made from nylon and rayon that’s soft to the touch, but will never make her overheat. It has a relaxed fit and loose collar, so it’s the perfect option if she wants a layering piece to snuggle up in. Plus it has pockets for stashing her phone or lip balm during the day. It comes in four neutral colors and is machine-washable, so you won’t be adding to her dry-cleaning bill. ($88.20, QVC)

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A delivery of banana pudding cups to stash away for rainy days…

If she’s seen “Sex and the City,” she knows the episode where Carrie and Miranda enjoy a cupcake outside of Magnolia Bakery. But that’s not all they’re known for. Get ready because this banana pudding is about to rock her world. The package comes with six individual pudding cups packed with vanilla wafers, banana pieces, and decadent vanilla pudding. Whenever she’s craving some or wants to treat herself, she can pull a container out, sit back, and enjoy. ($55/6 pack, Magnolia Bakery)

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A pair of over-the-ear headphones that’ll shut out the rest of the world…

These noise-canceling headphones are the perfect way for her to fully enjoy that podcast, favorite song, and weekly meditation routine. They work via Bluetooth technology, so they’re completely wireless and can connect to her phone or laptop. If she’s ever commuting or traveling by plane, these will completely block out unwanted noise and distractions. We’ve used them and find them really comfortable, even after hours of wear. ($329, QVC)

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A pair of slippers that feel like a plush mattress for her feet…

Made by a brand that specializes in beauty rest, these slippers will quickly become her favorite house shoe. They have a soft foam insole and durable suede bottoms that’ll make walking on cold wood floors much better. They come in a range of sizes, but if she’s in between, we suggest sizing up for a more comfortable fit. ($59, Casper)

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A subscription that will deliver pizza to her every month…

Yes, you read that right. With this subscription, she can try the best pizzas in the country, from Chicago’s infamous deep-dish to Detroit’s pan pizza. You can choose from three or six months, and each box she receives will feed at least four. Hint: invite yourself over. ($89+, Goldbelly)

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